Have you ever gone on a staycation? Or should I say stayed?
This is the best travel hack ever, especially if you don’t really have the budget or time to go travelling right now.
The word is a mix of stay (meaning stay-at-home) and vacation and originally meant to stay at home and enjoy activites, or enjoying activites within driving range. The term became popular in the US during their financial crisis in 2007-2010, since no one really could afford to go on a real vacation. The concept spread and now it’s well known! Now people actually go on staycations even though they would afford to go on a real vacation.
It’s actually a really good concept, with a lot of benefits. It’s less costly since you don’t have to travel, which is also good for the planet. You don’t have to stress over long drives or train rides, making it to the airport on time, packing much or getting a jetlag. Staycations are beneficial for local businesses too, since you might try out a new restaurant or shop at a shop you’ve never been to. You know, support your locals!
If you feel like you already know your own city and it’s activites too well, you can go on a nearcation! It’s the same thing just in a city really close to where you are at. I would love to go on a nearcation in the middle of Sweden, since I usually travel between Stockholm and Gothenburg. It would be cool to see a city that’s close by but I’ve never been to before..
Would you enjoy a staycation? Or would you rather go on a nearcation?
This Friday me and Philip went on a staycation here in Gothenburg. We did not do any specific activity, such as a visiting museum, since we were both working during the day. But after work we met up for food and then checked in at the hotel Scandic Crown . We chilled in the hotelroom and spent most of the evening in the relax area bubbeling away in the jacuzzi. We enjoyed it so much! It was so nice to have a little get away and not think about anything but ourselves. No job, no email, no “we need to clean the flat”. We just shut all of that out, for one night, and totally relaxed. Honestly, we fell asleep like 10 pm. We woke up this Saturday morning so fresh and energized. We ate the lovely hotel breakfast and went for a morning dip in the jacuzzi.
The rest of the weekend has been so nice since we set the mood for it with our staycation! I think the concept of enjoying your own city is perfect. Book a table at that restaurant you never been to, go to that museum or give yourself that relaxing night at that nice hotel! Sometimes I think people are to cheap to spoil themselves. Don’t forget that you’re really worth some you-time!
What are your thoughts on staycations? Let me know in the comments!
Isabelle – thatswedishtraveller